My latest novel entitled ‘Tears of Shame’ is nearing completion. Again, like all my books, it is based on fact as I lived in South Africa at the time of apartheid for six years.
The story tells of a young coloured girl who works as a maid to an English speaking South African family in the 1970’s and becomes involved with the son of the family she is working for and eventually has his child. In those days when it was forbidden for white people to mix with coloured people this raises many problems.
The book portrays the problems experienced by both white and coloured people in the days of apartheid and leading on to the 1990’s when the child is in her teens and the apartheid regime has been lifted only raising different problems.
The book will be of interest to everyone who would like to know about how it was in South Africa during the apartheid years and the change which took place in the country in post apartheid years.
A true account of a trip made by my husband and I from England, through the French Canals and onto Spain in our 33′ yacht is now complete.
It is a light hearted book, illustrated with authentic photos outlining many amusing happenings as well as some frightening experiences e.g. when our engine failed crossing the notorious Gulf of Lion between France and Spain. We were left tossing around in a rough sea and were nearly run down by a huge cargo ship. We eventually drifted into a small island off Port Ligat and found ourselves in a naturist area which was once the home of Salvador Dali, the famous Spanish painter.
The book will be of interest to those with a spirit of adventure who would like to learn how it is possible to make such a journey and to those people who are interested in France and Spain, as interspersed in the book are descriptions of the history of the many places we visited.
The intended market for “Two Shades of Black” is the public in general worldwide as racism is very much in the public domain at the moment and also for students wishing to know about the problems of racism during the time of the rioting in the USA and the Biafran war in Nigeria. I do feel that this can have mass appeal.
Overall I enjoyed this material. Paul is a fascinating and well rounded character. The readers will love watching him as this storyline evolves and progresses. The ending is perfect.
I do feel that this is well thought out and well paced. Many readers will be able to relate to this book on a personal level. I feel that it has potential for success. I do wish you luck.
A double page spread with the above title was published in the South Wales Argus, Gwent on December 2nd 2009 outlining Eugenie’s departure from a small village in Gwent to Nigeria, West Africa in the late 195o’s.
The feature writer spoke to Eugenie about her interesting life and portrayed this in 1,500 words in the article. He commented on the fact that she had witnessed apartheid , seen the New York ghettos and has dealt with the difficult subject of race in three of her books entitled Between Two Worlds published in America in 1967 and now being republished, Two Shades of Black also published in America in August 2009 and available on www.amazon.com and finally her latest book which is nearing completion entitled Tears of Shame set in South Africa during the years of apartheid.
The heading Farewell to Beloved Country signifies Eugenie’s departure from writing about Africa where she spent ten years of her life, as she is now devoting her time to writing on a lighter vein. Her book entitled Le Petit Bateau is next to be published and is a light hearted account of her trip from England, across the English Channel, through the French Canals to Southern Spain together with her husband in their 33′ yacht. She is then following on with a novel about the glitzy world of the eighties, following the life of the young men and women who joined the world of the property boom in Marbella. Her book is entitled Spanish Fantasy.
Billy Hopkins and I share the same love of Africa, whereas Billy spent seventeen years as a teacher and lecturer in East and Central Africa, I spent ten years in West and South Africa. Billy Hopkins has been a best selling author for many years and I appreciated his remarks after he read my latest book entitled “Two Shades of Black”. His comments are as follows:-
Many thanks for sending your book “Two Shades of Black” to me and what a splendid read it was! A fascinating story well told and with lots of real-life drama and a surprise ending. As you are aware I know East and Central Africa fairly well having spent some seventeen years there as a teacher and lecturer and your book introduced me to a different part of the continent – Nigeria, and your descriptions were almost as good as a trip there. Congratulations and I wish you every success with your book.
I watched Channel 4.com/Despatches programme about children in Nigeria being branded as witches. During the five years I lived in Nigeria in the 1960’s I never came across this terrible practice and yet I had travelled extensively, during which time I carried out research for two books. My book entitled “Two Shades of Black” however, does highlight some of the bad practices carried out by the witch doctor in those days and Nigerians were very much afraid of him. However, it was nothing compared to what is being done today to these innocent children. During the 1960’s British District Officers lived and worked in many remote upcountry areas and were there to help the Nigerians and together with the missionaries, they stamped out superstitions and bad practices. I admire the work Gary Foxcroft, a British NGO is doing at present in Nigeria as he is in some way replacing the District Officers and missionaries of those days.
I watched the final debate about the series of programmes on racism and noticed there seemed to be very mixed feelings amongst the audience about the validity of this series. Race is a sensitive subject and it is good that Channel 4 brought it to the attention of the public in general. Having lived in many countries in the world including Africa and America, I conclude that each race is a consequence of his environment. The hotter the country, the slower the pace of life and each race adapts accordingly